Origin: Bodega Norton, Mendoza, Argentina
Taste guide: Medium bodied, rich and full, ripe red berry fruit, no oaking
75cl - natural cork closure- 13.5%
Virtually organic vineyard
This Malbec was specifically labelled for the "Gaucho Argentine" restaurant chain which went into administration a year or so back. It has since been bought out of administration with fewer outlets and a smaller menu, resulting in this wine coming on to the clearance market.
It is virtually identical to the "Finca la Colonia" label from Norton that Binendwines sold up to a few years ago.
Edmund Norton planted his first vines in Mendoza in 1895, 10 years after the railway opened linking this emerging wine-growing region with Buenos Aires. This railway is celbrated on this wine's label. At around 1,000 metres, the altitude moderates the temperature, causing an extended ripening season. Exposing the vines to more ultra-violet light also encourages the development of colour and tannin in varieties such as Malbec.
The grapes for this wine came from 10-20 year old vines in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu offering medium yields which create balance between rich character and freshness in the grapes. Minimal treatments are used in the vineyards, which are run along virtually organic lines. All the grapes were hand picked, and following crushing in the winery were initially held in cold maceration for three days. Fermentation then took place in stainless steel tanks, at a temperature of 25°C, with a total maceration of twenty days using only natural yeast. No oak was used, and the wine was held in stainless steel tanks to mature, before bottling, which with this wine was in 2018.
The colour is deep inky red, with a perfumed bright, floral nose of violets and bramble fruit and hints of black pepper. This leads into a rich, juicy palate with ripe plums and blackberry, liquorice and exotic spice leaving a pleasant and soft finish. An elegant, complex wine, beautifully rounded and velvety.
Gaucho Restaurant price would have been in excess of £22 indicating a retail of £11 plus.
At Binendwines just £7.50.